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New trees bring new life to Kiwanis Park

Post Date:04/29/2015 11:33 PM

Thanks to the hard work of dozens of volunteers, Kiwanis Park in Appleton now has 100 new trees dotting the landscape of the park.

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The project came about when the Appleton Kiwanis Club – Golden K were searching for a community service project to honor the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International. The group teamed up with the city’s forestry and parks and recreation departments. 

“It’s great to see the community involvement,” said Appleton Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management Department Park Planner Bill Lecker. “It’s going to have a huge impact on the park both now and into the future.” 

The staff and volunteers planted 10 of each of 10 different types of trees in the park. Don Smith with the Golden K says he’s not surprised by the turnout of people willing to help. 

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“People in Appleton are noted for volunteering and people were anxious to come out,” he said.

Throughout the morning city crews dug holes while volunteers stood ready to drop in the new trees and cover them with mulch. The workday concluded with a lunch served by the club at the park. 
 
The club also raised more than $2,000 toward the cost of the trees and a plaque to honor those who donated. It will be installed at the park at a later date. 

Also among the group of volunteers were several students from the Appleton West High School Key Club. The club is sponsored by the Golden K, but students say they are happy to help out and look forward to opportunities to support the community. 

“It’s really amazing and a great feeling to know that you get to help people in the various projects and interact with people and get skills for the future and it’s just really an amazing thing,” said Becca Stolp, a junior at Appleton West. 

Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit in 1915 and today has more than 600,000 members in 16,000 clubs in 80 countries. The organization focuses on service projects geared toward area youth. 

The Golden K club has more than 50 members according to Smith and he says planting 100 trees in the park in Appleton that is named after the organization was a perfect fit. 

“The weather cooperated, so many people contributed financially and we couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate.” 

You can see a photo gallery of pictures from the event on our Facebook page

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 orchad.doran@appleton.org.  

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